Costa Releases Statement on Submission of Senate Democratic Congressional Map to Supreme Court

Harrisburg – February 15, 2018 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following statement concerning the submission of a congressional redistricting plan to the state Supreme Court.

Senate Democrats submitted the plan following the court’s ruling that declared the 2011 maps unconstitutional. The Supreme Court gave the General Assembly until Feb. 9 to present a constitutional plan to the governor. Instead, Republican leaders submitted their own plan to the governor.

Senator Costa Supports Governor Wolf's Rejection of GOP Map

Harrisburg, Pa. − February 13, 2018 − Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa fully supports Governor Wolf’s decision to reject the maps presented to him last week by just two Republican members.

“A proposal that makes districts slightly more compact but no more fair or representative fails to meet the requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” said Senator Costa. “This is unfortunately yet another gerrymandered overreach that cannot be used. I’m glad that Governor Wolf agrees and has rejected the proposal.”

Senator Costa Applauds Pittsburgh's Financial Recovery & Termination of Act 47 Status

Pittsburgh – February 12, 2018 − After 14 years of financial recovery, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and local officials today signed Pittsburgh’s official release from this status.

“This has been a long road for the City, but I commend the Mayor, City Council, and the members of this community that spearheaded the efforts that led to recovery,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. “Many cities fall into Act 47 status and never meet the conditions of recovery, but that’s not Pittsburgh’s story. This is a strong city that continually fights its way back from hardship; from the loss of the steel industry to its recent financial distress. Pittsburgh has never given up, and today’s news proves it again.”

Senator Costa and Representative Dermody Send Joint Letter to Governor on Republican Map Submission

February 9, 2018 − Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa and House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody send letter to Gov. Wolf condemning the congressional redistricting map shared with his office saying this: “This map was not the product of bipartisan work, nor is it a piece of legislation that passed through both of our chambers.”  

An Update on the Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania

February 7, 2018 − State Senator Jay Costa has been leading the effort to stem the terrible impact of the opioid epidemic for years. As the Senate Democratic Leader, co-chair of the PA HOPE caucus (the Pennsylvania Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education Caucus) and a community leader, he has been working to implement new legislative and administrative policies to combat the escalating crisis.


Real Id Act

Real ID Act

Pennsylvania is under a REAL ID enforcement extension until October 18, 2018, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through that date.  


ALCOSAN's Clean Water Assistance Fund

The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority has created the Clean Water Assistance Fund to help families pay their sewage treatment bills. This program serves low-income residential customers in the 83 municipalities that ALCOSAN serves. It is administered by Dollar Energy Fund.


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